The Ardmore Development Authority, recognized nationally as a premier economic development organization, focuses its efforts on the attraction and retention of business and industry throughout our community and Southern Oklahoma. The ADA owns and operates four industrial parks with over 3,400 industrial acres and over 3 million square feet under lease. The strength of Ardmore is displayed in the diversity of its economic structure: energy, agriculture, aviation, industry and research. Noble Energy, Valero and Michelin North America all have large facilities in Ardmore.
Transportation sensitive industries and distribution centers have found Ardmore to be the perfect location to serve the Midwest and Southwest markets. The low cost of construction, utility rates, housing and taxes make this area of Southern Oklahoma a desirable location. An excellent geographic location, combined with abundant business incentives and a low cost of living, make Ardmore the place to locate your company.
Located on I-35, Ardmore is 90 minutes from both Oklahoma City and Dallas, Texas. Ardmore is serviced by rail from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad with rail running through two of the four Industrial Parks owned and operated by the Ardmore Development Authority (ADA). Both air cargo opportunities and private air transportation are available at the Ardmore Industrial Airpark.
With over 2,900 acres, the Airpark enhances Ardmore's location for aviation and heavy industry. The Airpark has two runways with lengths of 9,000 feet (recently expanded to provide greater capacity) and 5,663 feet, an FAA staffed control tower, full instrumentation, parking capacity for up to 100 commercial sized aircraft and over 36,000 sq. ft. of hangar space. Current industries at the Airpark include Beetle Plastics, Carbonyx, Inc., Dollar General Distribution Center, EJ, King Aerospace, Lakeland Aviation and Online Packaging.
Ardmore boasts a vibrant research and development community. The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation is highly regarded worldwide for research in biomedicine, plant biology and agriculture. The Plant Biology division is a world leader in genetic engineering of fungal resistant plants. The Agriculture division researchers have gained worldwide recognition for plant breeding and demonstration farms. The ADA, in cooperation with the Noble Foundation and the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center, has recently opened a technology based business incubator for start-up technology oriented companies.
Ardmore serves as the primary retail center for a seven county area of Southern Oklahoma. The trade area serves 124,800 people. Over 400 general merchandise and specialty stores create retail sales of approximately $505 million.
The ADA offers a single point of contact for information, proposals, planning and site assistance. Since the ADA owns four industrial parks and several single sites and buildings, we have the ability to negotiate favorable terms for new and expanding companies. Factor in Oklahoma's right-to-work status and a host of business incentives, and companies get more in Ardmore.
The cost of doing business in Ardmore is significantly less than most of the nation. When you get more and save more, you earn more. New and expanding companies often say locating in Ardmore was one of their best business decisions.